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Impossible Burger Attempt

Faux meat has seen a massive revelation in 2020, with brands such as Impossible and Beyond bringing out foods that taste pretty much like meat in terms of texture, flavour, appearance – the lot. Now I’m not sure exactly how they’ve made anything. What I do know however is that they have hundreds of people researching and testing recipes out everyday using the latest news and technology…nothing of which I have at home. BUT, I do have a hot plate and an oven and so far it’s been adequate in helping my creations along. My finale isn’t as refined as these guys’, but my Impossible Burger attempt has nonetheless resulted in a pattie that is still bloody impressive!

closeup of hamburger in bun with large pink mince patty dripping with melted yellow cheese and sandwiched in burger buns with thin layer of green salad, tomato, bacon, red onion and mayonnaise.

So have your fries and shake ready, because you’re in for a nice little treat with this DIY fake meat hamburger.

two burgers one in front of the other with a close up view with a pink mince patty sandwiched between two buns with melted cheese and salad and a bite taken from the burger.

Serving size:

Makes 8 patties

Ingredients:

  • 250ml beetroot juice
  • 1-2 drops liquid iron supplement
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 100g tempeh
  • 100g textured soy protein (optional)
  • 1 tbsp yeast flakes
  • 50g (2 scoops) vegan protein powder
  • 50g (2 scoops) soy isolate powder
  • 1 tsp smoked salt
  • 1 tsp soybean/white miso paste
  • 1 tsp xantham gum + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 100ml refined coconut oil frozen
  • Oil to fry

Method:

  1. In a jug, combine the beetroot juice, iron supplement and blackstrap molasses.
  2. In a large bowl, place the tempeh, textured soy protein, yeast flakes, protein powder and soy isolate.
  3. Gradually pour over the beetroot juice mixture and mix everything thoroughly with your hands.
  4. Add the xantham gum paste and continue to mix with your hands, squelching in between palms of hands and fingers.
  5. Add the yeast flakes, salt, miso and garlic powder and mix again using hands.
  6. Now remove the coconut oil from the freezer and grate or chop into small chunks.
  7. Quickly fold into the meat mixture, ensuring the heat from your hands doesn’t melt the oil.
  8. Form into patties and shallow fry in hot oil for 2-3 minutes on either side.

Shove your Impossible Burger attempt into buns along with pickles, salad and every sauce under the sun before devouring with all your preferred sides. Seriously tastes kind of like meat right?! Maybe not exactly like the beyond or impossible burgers, but close enough to show off to guests. Some might be fooled, but the meat eaters might be a little suspicious!

If you’re a big faux meat fan, check out my seitan recipes, like these insane meatballs : https://foodflaneur.com/2019/12/12/seitan-meatballs/.

I’d like to give a massive thanks to Impossible Foods themselves for giving me the motivation to challenge myself (and them!), enabling me to create this recipe. You can find their products here: https://impossiblefoods.com/.

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